In 2021, the Pawnee Seed Preservation Project continues to grow and capture the interest of people across the country and the globe.
Deb Echo-Hawk, the project’s director who is known as the “Keeper of the Corn,” said a story in The Oklahoman that chronicled the project’s mission drew attention from people in numerous other states, as well as outside the U.S.in places like Mexico and Africa.
She said COVID-19 put a pause on some elements of the preservation project, but she has hopes that will change over the summer.
However, currently the program is moving forward.
“We’re zooming right along. We have a lot of things to look forward to,” Echo-Hawk said.
She gave an update about the project during a recent interview: The Pawnee Seed Preservation Project is now a separate entity from the Pawnee Tribe of Oklahoma and Echo-Hawk hopes to get the program designated as a nonprofit. She is working full-time on behalf of the project instead of part time.
There is hope that a group of Americorp workers will be able to join forces with the project beginning in June and continuing for 10 weeks. Echo-Hawk has traveled to Mexico and nurtured some relationships there with people whose agriculture-related preservation work is similar. The Pawnee Seed Preservation Project, with help from community partners like Langston University, created a large community garden in Pawnee. There are plans to partner later this year with several Catholic groups in Texas who are interested in gardening and learning from Echo-Hawk and others associated with […]